The Beginning is near #occupy #m1gs

The Beginning is near #occupy #m1gs (Photo credit: pieceoplastic)


With the Hollywood/Walking Dead version of the Mayan apocalypse giving way to being a complete bust, I found this Facebook/Pinterest meme that was rather appropriate for the occasion.

As a people, we are fond of catastrophic endings. Immersing ourselves in the wreckage of aftermaths. It’s the rare person who immediately upon the heels of an upending situation ponders the possibility of a future that doesn’t dwell on all the stereotypical gloom and self-defeatist propaganda.

And I am not thinking about the Oprah-esque self-help faux bootstrapy cheer, but of considering the very real fact that nothing starts anew, generally, unless something else is over.

It’s naive to believe that little has changed in the last five or six years and that a return to the status quo of a decade or some ago is just around the next corner. The world became a different place one bad decision and several startling events at a time since the century turned over nearly 12 years ago.

Although it’s unfortunate that many of us are still stranded in outmoded ways of thinking about the basics of daily living, it doesn’t mean that time is patiently waiting for clues to be caught.

A new beginning is nigh. I have felt it coming for a long while now. Whether it is a good or a bad thing will be in the eye of the particular beholder, whose choice will be – as it always – to reach for the future with empty hands or to make half-assed attempts to hold onto past crap while scrambling to grab onto what is ahead.

Cover of "THX 1138 (The George Lucas Dire...

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Science fiction horror scenarios spring from the basic premise that too much technology will eventually enslave us as opposed to liberate or make us better people. The Dune universe was a direct result of a world where computers took over and subjected human beings. George Lucas‘s THX1138 envisioned a world of people in the thrall of television and consumerism that drove people to numb themselves with antidepressants.

And then there was Logan’s Run, where babies were chipped at birth and their every movement monitored until they reached the useless age of 30 and were dispatched for the amusement of others.

Today people willingly tag themselves with GPS enabled phones that they delude themselves into believing are helpful tools. They are aided and abetted in their fantasy by apps.

There’s an app for everything, and they make the loss of freedom and downtime feel okay.

But they are really just the first toehold on a slide that leads to  that proverbial glided cage.

And the scariest thing is the excitement. This guy thinks this nightmare of a world is an awesome leap forward for mankind. Personally, I think life as an uber-trained gerbil might push me into active anarchy.

But here’s what truly should frighten thinking people.

“… imagine what skilled game designers could do with this …”

Imagine that. If you have the stomach for it and don’t mind giving yourself nightmares from all the paranoid conspiracy theories that naturally flow from entertaining such notions.

And then imagine them selling this to your government – not the most ethical bunch of people on the planet – and worse, imagine what the business world will … is already in come instances … do with this.

Being a gerbil is fine, if you are born a gerbil, but human beings who aren’t allowed to think for themselves, and are expected to live on the equivalent of a Sisyphean treadmill, will be a scary bat-shit crazy bunch.

It looks though as if we’ve set the path for our children and theirs and the best we can do is hope that the Mayans were right. Or perhaps wish upon a solar flare to cause an emp to reset the clock and buy us time.